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Wildlife
11:15 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Radar Could Help Idaho Drivers Avoid Wildlife Collisions

The radar system was used in Bonners Ferry for a few months last year.
Credit Grizdave / Flickr Creative Commons

A company that makes radar technology used to protect military convoys says it can be adapted to help central Idaho drivers avoid collisions with deer and elk on State Highway 75.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that Sloan Security Technologies last week presented its idea to Blaine County officials and the Idaho Transportation Department.

Company co-founder Brian Sloan says the mobile radar animal detection system alerts drivers with flashing lights when animals are present.

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Columbia River
10:43 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Record Number Of Chinook Salmon Return To The Columbia River

Chinook salmon are one of four main salmon species to migrate to the Columbia River each year.
Credit Joe Parks / Flickr Creative Commons

The number of returning chinook salmon on the Columbia River has taken a dramatic upswing. Over the weekend, 107,000 chinook salmon climbed the fish ladder at Bonneville dam.

A spokeswoman with the Columbia Inter Tribal Fish Commission, Sara Thompson, says those numbers set a new record.

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Wildlife
5:45 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Groups Plan To Sue Over Feds' Wildlife-Killing Tactics In Idaho

File photo of a coyote

Four environmental groups said Monday they will sue the USDA's Wildlife Services program to stop what they call the unlawful killing of wildlife in Idaho.

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Fish
9:59 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Hundreds Of Chinook Salmon Die After Central Idaho Storms

Credit Pacific Northwest National Lab / Flickr Creative Commons

Hundreds of adult chinook salmon needed to create future generations have been killed after rainstorms sent sediment into a fish trap on the South Fork of the Salmon River in central Idaho.

Officials tell the Idaho Statesman that the loss means significantly fewer adult chinook salmon will return to the South Fork Salmon in 2018.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says the rain event on Aug. 6 caused sediment to flow into holding ponds and suffocate the fish.

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Wildlife
5:51 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Triple Rescue And Rehab Ends Well For Lucky Ospreys

Rehabbed osprey flies away after its release Wednesday in Finley, Washington.
Andrea Berglin

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 6:23 pm

Three young ospreys and a parent are flying free along the Columbia River today after surviving close calls with litter.

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Wildlife
4:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Feds Decide Wolverine Does Not Merit Threatened Species Status

File photo

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 4:36 pm

The wolverine is not going on the threatened species list after all. Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced federal protected status for the fierce and rare carnivore is unwarranted at this time.

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Wildlife
1:21 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Federal Officials Withdraw Proposed Protections For Wolverines

Credit Roy Anderson / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Federal wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine — a reversal that highlights lingering uncertainties over what a warming climate means for some temperature-sensitive species.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said that while climate change is a reality, predictions about its localized impacts remain "ambiguous."

Ashe says that makes it impossible to determine whether wolverines are in danger of extinction.

The Associated Press obtained the decision ahead of Tuesday's formal announcement.

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Wildlife
10:59 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Yellowstone Recommends Removing Nearly 20 Percent Of Park Bison

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Yellowstone National Park administrators are recommending the removal of roughly 900 bison next winter through hunting, shipments to slaughter and for research purposes.

The proposal represents about 19 percent of the park's wild bison.

Officials say removing the animals will relieve population pressures that periodically push large numbers of migrating bison into Montana during harsh winters.

Wildlife advocates say a better approach would be allowing bison into areas outside the park where they are now barred.

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Wildlife
10:38 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Fatal Attraction: Ospreys In A Bind With Baling Twine, Fishing Line

This is how ospreys' unhealthy affinity for baling twine can kill. Idaho Fish and Game biologist Beth Waterbury rescued this osprey in the nick of time.
Beth Waterbury Idaho Fish and Game

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 4:21 pm

Osprey nests are a common sight near rivers, lakes and bays in the Northwest. If you look closely with binoculars, you might notice some of these large raptors like to line their nests with discarded baling twine or fishing line. The problem is it can kill them.

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Wildlife
9:02 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Bat Bites Girl In Blaine County

Authorities in central Idaho are testing a bat for rabies after it bit a 6-year-old girl.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports the bite occurred Friday while the girl played in her grandmother's yard.

Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey says the grandmother captured the bat and took the girl for treatment at an area hospital.Ramsey says the girl received antibiotics but he's not sure if rabies shots have been started.

He tells the newspaper that medical officials usually wait until they test the animal that made the bite to see if it has rabies.

Wildlife
12:02 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Idaho Suspends Plan For Hired Wolf Hunter

Credit Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

Idaho Fish and Game officials say they're suspending a plan to use a hired hunter to kill wolves in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness until at least November of 2015.

Idaho's Wildlife Bureau Chief Jeff Gould made the declaration in a document filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week.

The Fish and Game Department and the U.S. Forest Service are being sued by Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project and other environmental groups over the plan to have a hired hunter kill wolves in the protected wilderness area.

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Wildlife
9:44 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Endangered Species Listing For Wolverine Looking Doubtful

File photo of a wolverine

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 1:22 pm

A federal threatened species listing for the wolverine is looking increasingly unlikely.

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Environment
10:44 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Feds Doubt Climate Change's Impact On Wolverines

A top federal wildlife official says there's too much uncertainty about climate change to prove it threatens the snow-loving wolverine — overruling agency scientists who warned of impending habitat loss.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Noreen Walsh said there's no doubt that the wolverine's high-mountain habitat is getting warmer.

But she said any assumptions about how that will change snowfall patterns are based on "speculation."

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Wildlife
12:38 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Environmental Groups File Federal Lawsuit Over Incidental Trapping Of Idaho Lynx

Credit Lefteris Katsourmits / Flickr Creative Commons

Five environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Idaho over incidental trapping of federally protected Canada lynx.

The groups filed suit Monday in Idaho federal court. They contend the state is violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing recreational trapping that inadvertently ensnares lynx.

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Wildlife
4:51 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Why Boise Is A Livable City For Moose

KTVB reporter Andrea Lutz tweeted this picture of the Boise moose after it had been tranquilized Tuesday afternoon.
Credit Twitter

The city of Boise likes to tout its livability to people looking to move in. It turns out, some of the same amenities that attract humans, might also make Boise look pretty attractive to a moose.  

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Documentary
9:55 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Meet Idaho's 'Bluebird Man' Who Helped The Species Make A Comeback

Al Larson and one of the nest boxes on his Bluebird Trail.
Credit Matthew Podolsky

For the last 35 years, Al Larson has been helping bluebirds thrive in Idaho. He loves bluebirds. He’s known around birding circles as Idaho’s “bluebird man.” “That’s what they call me. I haven’t sprouted wings yet,” Larson chuckles.

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City Wildlife
3:27 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

'Agitated' Moose Makes Its Way To Boise's Greenbelt Trail

A Boise Fire Department employee took this photo of the young moose on the Greenbelt.
Credit Boise Fire Department

This post was updated at 4:19 p.m. on June 10.

Idaho Fish and Game officials have tranquilized a moose that wandered into the city Tuesday. The moose apparently started its day at east Boise's Warm Springs Golf Course, but ended up closer to downtown on the Greenbelt behind Parkcenter Boulevard.

KTVB.com originally reported the moose is a male, but it turns out to be a female.

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Wildlife
10:36 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Idaho Fish And Game Begin Trapping Southern Idaho Grizzlies To Study

Credit Kim Keating / U.S. Geological Survey

State wildlife biologists have started trapping grizzly bears in southeastern Idaho as part of a scientific study and are advising visitors to heed orange warning signs at major access points.

Gregg Losinski of Idaho Fish and Game in a news release on Tuesday says the trapping has started and will run through Aug. 26.

Losinski says the trapping will take place within the Island Park Caldera and the Centennial Mountains of Idaho.

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Wildlife
6:09 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Environmentalists See Chance To Quash Idaho Raven-Killing Experiment

File photo of a common raven

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 8:18 am

A plan to poison 3,500 ravens in Idaho won’t proceed this year as state wildlife managers had hoped. The idea is to stop the ravens from eating the eggs of the imperilled sage grouse.

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Wildlife
9:21 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Idaho Officials Scrap Plan To Poison Ravens

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A plan by state wildlife biologist to kill 4,000 ravens in three Idaho areas this spring by feeding them poisoned chicken eggs has been scrapped due to federal environmental permitting delays.

The Times-News reports in a story on Tuesday that Idaho Fish and Game officials won't start the two-year program this spring aimed at boosting sage grouse numbers.

State officials say Fish and Wildlife Services is the only entity in the state with permission to administer the poison.

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